Cuban Art Awards To Be Presented in Havana

Art gallery Wilfredo Lam in Old Havana© Cuba Absolutely, 2014

The Farber Foundation, sponsor of Cuban Art News, announced its first international Cuban Art Awards to be presented at the Havana Biennial. The event will be hosted by the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art [see above], the 12th Havana Biennial, and the National Council on the Visual Arts (CNAP) on Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015, at 4:00pm.

The invitation-only presentation and reception will take place at the Wifredo Lam Center—headquarters of the Havana Biennial. [. . . ] “As the relationship between Cuba and the US has begins to thaw, we’ve seen the Cuban Art Awards transform from a project by one foundation into an international realm,” said Farber Foundation president Howard Farber. “I’m thrilled that Cuban contemporary art has become part of a cultural exchange unfolding in this new diplomatic environment.”

The awards are open to Cuban artists living both on the island and elsewhere. “Over the past several years, Cuban art has become increasingly international,” says Farber. “Our goal is twofold: to bring increased international recognition to outstanding artists, and to increase awareness of Cuban contemporary art as part of a global art conversation.”

Candidates for the awards were selected by anonymous nominators, and a shortlist of their highest-ranked finalists were submitted to an independent jury. Both nominators and jurors were chosen from a field of scholars, curators, collectors, and writers specializing in Cuban contemporary art, in Cuba and abroad.

The winner of the Artist of the Year Award will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Finalists for Artist of the Year are: Alexandre Arrechea, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Teresita Fernández, Glexis Novoa, and Lázaro Saavedra.

The winner of the Young Artist of the Year Award (under 35 years old) will receive a $3,000 cash prize.

Finalists for Young Artist of the Year are: Alejandro Campins; Celia and Yunior; Elizabet Cerviño; Rafael Domenech; and Carlos Martiel. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.cubanartnews.org/news/cuban-art-awards-to-be-presented-in-havana/4455

Photo above from http://cubaabsolutely.com/content/centro-de-arte-contemporaneo-wifredo-lam/

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